Conservation Practices – Long-Term Value, Farmers Bear the Cost – DTN

🕔Sep 7, 2018Conservation practices can pay out financially for farmers, but it’s the landowners who gain the most benefits by increasing the long-term value and resiliency of farmland.   Farmers with a strong […]

Cash Rent: Commodity Prices Tumble – Time to Negotiate 2019 – DTN

🕔Aug 20, 2018Land values are holding steady despite the tumble in commodity prices, and the good news is that’s propping up equity in farm country, allowing sufficient collateral for land-owning operators to […]

Iowa Survey: Aging Farmers – Limited Land Sales

🕔Jul 2, 2018An Iowa State University study shows that the age of Iowa’s farmland owners continues to rise, with a record high 35 percent aged 75 years or older in 2017.   Sixty percent were […]

Farm Business: Strategies for the Future – Conventional or Discovery-Driven Planning?

🕔Jul 10, 2017Today’s business climate for farmers is fraught with uncertainty. Making smart long-run strategic decisions in this business climate is really difficult. When the future is so uncertain, one is tempted […]

Farmland Values Up; Income and Cash Rents Declined – St. Louis Fed, 1Q 2017 Report

🕔May 18, 2017Farm income declined in the first quarter of 2017 from a year earlier according to the latest survey of agricultural bankers in the Eighth Federal Reserve District. Proportionately more bankers […]

Grain Market and Contract Theory Connect in a Nobel Prize – DTN

🕔Oct 26, 2016Earlier this month, many farmers were hauling newly harvested $3 corn into the elevator and wondering how they ever got locked into some high-priced land contracts. Meanwhile, two professors were […]

Falling Farm Incomes: Living On the Edge of Liquidity, Lenders May Step in – DTN

🕔Aug 15, 2016A year ago, university economists warned that typical Illinois corn farmers would need to shave $100 an acre off average cash rent and production costs if they hoped to break […]

Farm Business: Keep an Eye on Your Working Capital

🕔Jun 22, 2016Corn and soybean prices have increased in the past several months, leading to improved 2016 income prospects. Even given these price increases, working capital is still projected to be negative […]

How Does the Percentage of Cash Rented Acres Affect Liquidity?

🕔Jun 17, 2016With lower net incomes projected for 2016, liquidity continues to be a concern. The two measures of liquidity in this article are the current ratio and working capital. The current […]

Illinois Farmer: Cattle, Corn, Wheat, Cover Crops and a Desire to Buy Land – DTN

🕔Mar 15, 2016Farmers once protected themselves from commodity market price swings through diversification. That’s because producing a wide range of products — including both crops and livestock — protected the bottom line. […]

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